This is a favorite award of mine, and one I’m growing even more fond of now I have my own publishing company and bookstore. The Washington Science Fiction Association (that’s Washington DC, not Washington State) gives out an award each year to a fine short story published by a small press. The nominees for 2012 were released just before Worldcon and the news got a bit buried by the Hugo excitement, so I’m giving them a signal boost. Besides, You can buy lots of the nominees in my store.
The full list of nominees is available here. I’d like to highlight the following.
From Fantasy we have “Lessons from a Clockwork Queen” by Megan Arkenberg (issue #54).
From Twelfth Planet Press there’s “The Patrician” from Tansy Rayner Roberts’ Love and Romanpunk collection.
And from Book View Café we have “What Ho, Automaton!” by Chris Dolley, which is available in the anthology Shadow Conspiracy, Volume II (edited by Phyllis Irene Radford and Maya Kaathryn Bohnhoff) and as a stand-alone volume. Chris has produced a celebratory version of the stand-alone book with steampunk-themed drop caps. As I know some ereaders mess up dropcaps I’ve left both versions available when you buy the book.
Finally, though sadly not in the store, I’d like to mention “Yesterday’s Taste” by Lawrence M. Schoen which appeared in Transtories, the last book edited by my much missed friend, Colin Harvey. Colin would have been so proud.